WHY STEM EDUCATION WORKS
STEM Education Works developed in partnership with Purdue University has combined standards-aligned STEM curriculum with high quality robotics technology to empower students in grades 6 to 12 to integrate science and mathematics concepts into design-based learning engineering practices. Our teacher-designed, industry-aligned curriculum delivers authentic learning opportunities to students, bridging the gap between student outcomes and workforce development needs.
STEM Education Works influences students in grades 6-12 to become better problem solvers, creative and critical thinkers, and collaborators – skills that are necessary in the workforce and all areas of life.
The curriculum is blended from the top technology standards such as Standards for Technological Literacy (STL), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), and it includes enough material to span the duration of a semester and can be easily implemented alongside existing material.
STEM Education Works implements a living curriculum that changes with technology, keeping the lessons relevant to modern industry.
STEM Education Works is more affordable than its competitors and is developing granting partners to work with schools on costs. Our lineup offers flexibility for teachers to choose which kit to purchase, depending on their classroom’s need.
The curriculum can be used for all students, allowing for adaptation depending on student comfort with STEM and coding.
STEM Education Works developed in partnership with Purdue University has developed authentic industry-aligned learning experiences to cultivate the practical technical competencies and employability skills necessary for student success within regional workforce ecosystems.
Authentic, impactful, implementable, affordable, and sustainable.
The curriculum offers a truly integrative approach to meeting desired standards through an engineering design-based pedagogy model which enables expert-to-novice educators to teach vital capabilities in programming, robotics, automation, electronics, logistics, supply chain management, engineering design, systems thinking, creative problem solving, and innovation.
Dr. Greg Strimel
An assistant professor of engineering and technology education for Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute, Strimel has extensively studied engineering-design instruction methods, publishing countless journal articles on the subject, and strives to enhance engineering education on all levels from preschool to high school. Strimel brought his experience with curriculum development to partner with the development of the STEM Education Works curriculum.
Among his many awards, Strimel has received recognition as New Technology & Engineering Teacher of the Year as well as Emerging Leader in Engineering/Technology Education. Thanks to Strimel, STEM Education Works guarantees curriculum that is industry-driven, top-quality and designed for student success.
Developed in partnership with Purdue University’s Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation along with Strimel’s qualifications, credibility is our top priority. The STEM Education Works curriculum meets all the top technology standards, such as Standards for Technological Literacy (STL), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), while ensuring that students also develop the critical-thinking, problem-solving and technical skills needed for the workforce.
STEM Education Works Curriculum.
Teacher designed, industry aligned, using best-in-class robotic technology, the STEM Education Works curriculum drives problem-solving, collaboration and creative-thinking skills to ensure student success in the workforce. Targeted toward students grades 6-12, the curriculum is split into modules containing five lessons each, focusing on core STEM subjects such as engineering, technology and robotics that can be directly applied to a future career.
To ensure that students are gaining top-quality education, our curriculum was developed with the standards in mind before it was written rather than forcing them in at the end. In this way, educators can have peace of mind in knowing they are satisfying the core STEM educational standards while providing students with challenging, meaningful and relevant real-world applications.
Central to our mission, collaboration is driven by opportunities for participation on all levels, so all students and instructors can use STEM Education Works, with or without prior experience with robotics and coding.
While each module contains a semester’s worth of material, our scaffolded design promotes student independence and allows students and educators to differentiate to meet the needs of individual learners, rather than following the a-b-c-d format of similar programs. In this way, our curriculum is flexible and can be implemented alongside existing material, so it can be introduced to the classroom with ease. Further, our curriculum requires no long-term commitment and costs less than similar curriculum programs to remain affordable for classroom budgets.
Additionally, to ensure that students get the most from their STEM experience, our curriculum combines several approaches including project-based learning and 5E methodology. Our curriculum topics are fashioned to build from an introduction to robotics and systems thinking and progress all the way up to advanced manufacturing techniques and ethics regarding robotics in the real world. No matter which path students choose, our curriculum cultivates creative minds, problem solvers, collaborators, and successful individuals.
Unit 1: Systems Thinking & Robotics
- Lesson 1: Introduction to Robotics & Technology
- Lesson 2: Systems Thinking and Inputs/Outputs
- Lesson 3: Machine Vision
Unit 2: Computational Thinking & Programming
- Lesson 1: The Basics
- Lesson 2: Dynamic Programming
- Lesson 3: Computational Thinking
Unit 3: Engineering Design Process
- Lesson 1: Engineering Design Process
- Lesson 2: Computer Aided Design & Prototyping
- Lesson 3: Advanced Computer Aided Design & Prototyping
Unit 4: Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals
- Lesson 1: Efficient Production
- Lesson 2: Intelligent Production & Quality Control
- Lesson 3: Computational Thinking
Unit 5: Robotics in Society
- Lesson 1: Robotics & Disasters
- Lesson 2: Anthropology
- Lesson 3: Redesigning Ethically